Then I read this in Kelly Purkey's blog:
"In May of this year something went off in my head. Or I should say, was lit under my booty. I sat down at my desk and decided I was sick of making layouts just to get them done. I wanted to push myself create work that would be something that I was really proud of. Not intentionally make layouts that people would love, but make something that I was personally proud of for putting time and energy into. Projects that I felt I was giving my best creative engery to. Do you know what I mean?"
That's it, making things that makes me proud. That's what I want to do this year. I am not claiming I have figured it out how - or that I'll be proud of everything I'll do. But that's what I am aiming for.
I really want to do this using what I have at home instead buying more and more. I looked through copies of inspirational photos, crafts and colour schemes that I had saved (lately I've been using Pinterest for that) and I pulled two that I liked.
Based on them I went through my stash and made two kits.
Kit #1 is based on this photo of an old Crewcut catalog:
Brights against a background of neutrals (black & white). Which is something that always gets my attention. I added a bit of green to the mix, so that I could use it for my Christmas layouts - and I had kit #1.
And that kick started my resolution - I made this layout which made me proud for the first time in a while. It is very simple, no patterned paper, only a few bits from the kit itself. But it is a layout that I like now and I know I'll always like because it is simple and it has something that matters to me (the white paper is a copy of my daughter's letter to Santa - i added the buttons so it can be pulled from the "envelope").
* Cardstock: Bazzill
* Letter Stickers: American Crafts
* Twine: Studio Calico
* Font: Underwood Champion
* Other: Buttons
And you, what you do want to do in creative terms in 2012?